Officer in Eric Garner case fired

Officer in Eric Garner case fired

Maldonado called out Pantaleo for his "glaring dereliction of responsibility that precipitated a tragic outcome" while also saying that the "evidence was insufficient to prove that he did it with the intent of obstructing Mr. Garner's breathing". Garner was suspected of illegally selling cigarettes on July 17, 2014. "We must move forward together as one city, determined to secure safety for all New Yorkers and safety for every police officer working daily to protect all of us".

Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said Commissioner James O'Neill's announcement Monday that he has fired Officer Daniel Pantaleo shows O'Neill "has chosen politics and his own self-interest over the police officers he claims to lead". Federal authorities announced last month they wouldn't bring civil rights charges.

Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, joins others during a news conference outside of Police Headquarters in Manhattan to protest during the police disciplinary hearing for Officer Daniel Pantaleo on May 21, 2019, in NY.

O'Neill said at multiple points during the news conference that it was regrettable that Garner resisted arrested, and he said that for several moments Pantaleo acted appropriately in a "tense and rapidly evolving situation".

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of NY determined Garner died of a homicide, ruling he died from compression to both his neck and chest. "I found [Pantaleo] to be disingenuous when he viewed the video and denied using a chokehold", she wrote.

Chokeholds were banned by the NYPD in 1993. In the ensuing confrontation, which was captured on video, Pantaleo put Garner in a chokehold.

But this month Deputy Commissioner Rosemarie Maldonado, a department judge, found that Pantaleo was guilty of "reckless" misconduct, renewing hope that the officer could be fired. According to the New York Times, Barr's "intervention settled the disagreement between prosecutors in the civil rights division, which has pushed for an indictment, and Brooklyn prosecutors, who never believed the department could win such a case".

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill announced earlier today that Pantaleo has been fired from the NYPD, CNN reports.

A NY grand jury declined to charge Pantaleo, and federal prosecutors were disinclined to do so as well, letting a deadline to file charges lapse last month. The officer's defense and the Civilian Complaint Review Board, which prosecuted the case, had until mid-August to submit counter arguments before Maldonado issued her final recommendation to the police commissioner to have the final say.

The transcript of that interrogation was introduced during his disciplinary trial in place of Pantaleo's direct testimony.

The officer, Daniel Pantaleo, was sacked Monday even though he avoided criminal charges for his role in Garner's death.

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